The JUSTICE Project

Justice for Underserved Students: Teacher Preparation in Inclusive Classroom Environments

The JUSTICE Project at Canisius College provides teacher education candidates, faculty, and area K-12 teachers with opportunities to learn about and address the critical issues facing educators in today's classrooms.  The work of the project affords opportunities to build partnerships and work collaboratively with stakeholders to promote best practices in education.

The project's scope of work is driven by eleven elements.  Each element addresses a current educational topic that has been identified as critical in the efforts to improve urban education for children with special needs.

The JUSTICE Project's initiatives include research, enhancement of Canisius College’s Special Education Program curriculum, providing area K-12 teachers with ingoing professional development trainings, integration of assistive technology into classrooms, inclusive classroom.

2014-15 Professional Development Series

Embracing All Children: Addressing Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Our Schools

The JUSTICE 2014-15 Project Professional Development Series will focus on addressing cultural and linguistic diversity by promoting evidence-based practices for effective teaching and assessment.  Each session of the series will explore the linguistic and cultural factors that influence students in our schools and address how to effectively meet their needs in the classroom.  Topics to be covered include culturally responsive pedagogy, differentiated instructional strategies, assessment and promoting parent involvement

During the series participants will:

  • Understand the characteristics of effective instructional design to support cultural relevant teaching.   
  • Learn about the dynamic cultural and linguistic factors that influence students.
  • Explore ways to implement instructional strategies to enhance learning opportunities to embrace all children.
  • Investigate and apply research-based principles of effective culturally responsive pedagogy.

Session Dates: 
* All sessions will be held from 4:00-6:30 pm in the Grupp Fireside Lounge at Canisius (located in the student center)

  • October 1, 2014
  • November 19, 2014 RESCHEDULED to December 3, 2014
  • January 14, 2015
  • February 4, 2015
  • March 11, 2015
  • April 1, 2015

Professional Development (PD) Hours: 15 hours of PD will be awarded for attendance at all sessions in the series.

Registration Information

  • Seating is limited, register prior to attending sessions
  • Registration is limited to Canisius community members, teacher candidates, and educators working in area schools


ATTENTION Buffalo Public School Faculty:
You must register for this series through your Teacher Center using the PGS  


JUSTICE Elements

The JUSTICE Elements encompass the project’s mission to improve teacher education programs to help improve urban education  and the education of students with high incidence disabilities. These elements address pedagogy supported by evidence based practices that will facilitate and promote the project’s goal.

 View the JUSTICE Elements Handout


Learn More About the JUSTICE Project

For further information contact:

Kristin A. Kurtzworth-Keen, EdD
JUSTICE Project Administrator & Website Coordinator or 716-888-3742

Funded through Grant H32T110018